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3121 (pronounced "thirty-one twenty-one") is the thirty-first studio album by American recording artist Prince. It was released on March 21, 2006. 3121 was released by NPG Records and distributed, under a "1-Album Deal", by Universal Music.

3121
Prince - 3121.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 21, 2006
RecordedJune 2004; November 2004 – early 2006[1]
Studio3121 and Paisley Park
Genre
Length53:42
LabelNPG, Universal
ProducerPrince
Prince chronology
The Slaughterhouse
(2004)
3121
(2006)
Ultimate Prince
(2006)
Singles from 3121
  1. "Te Amo Corazón"
    Released: December 20, 2005
  2. "Beautiful, Loved and Blessed"
    Released: January 2006
  3. "Black Sweat"
    Released: February 7, 2006
  4. "Fury"
    Released: June 27, 2006
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic(69/100)[2]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
Blender3/5 stars[4]
Robert ChristgauA−[5]
Entertainment WeeklyC+[6]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[7]
The New York Timesfavorable[8]
NewsdayA[9]
Pitchfork Media(6.2/10)[10]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[11]
SpinB[12]
StylusA−[13]
Village Voicefavorable[14]

Contents

Album informationEdit

The album's first single, "Te Amo Corazón", was released in the United States on December 13, 2005, and debuted at number 20 on the VH1 countdown; the second single, "Black Sweat", was released on February 2, 2006.[15]

The title of the album was believed to be a reference to the address of Prince's rented Los Angeles mansion. A lawsuit filed against Prince by the landlord (NBA player Carlos Boozer) indicates an entirely different address (1235 Sierra Alta Way).[16] However, Prince has repeatedly referred to the property as "3121"; indeed, the lawsuit alleges he painted 3121 on the exterior of the property, and the album's liner notes indicate that it was "recorded at Paisley Park Studios and 3121."

According to another explanation the album's title refers to a verse in the Bible (Psalm 31:21). "Blessed be Jehovah (God/Yahweh), For he has rendered wonderful loving-kindness to me in a city under stress." Prince made a reference to this during a performance of the title track on the 2006 BET Awards; "Where's the real party at? Shake your tambourines! BET read Psalms; that's where it is."

A further explanation reveals that 3121 refers to the album being Prince's 31st release and the release date being the 21st.

Album sessions started in November 2004 with the recording of the song "3121" with Michael Bland and Sonny T.

Ostensibly inspired by the 1964 children's novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Prince included a limited number of "purple tickets" with the album. Lucky winners who found tickets were flown in from Europe, Asia, Mexico and the US to attend a semi-private performance (along with a long list of celebrities) at Prince's home in Los Angeles.

3121 reinforced Prince's big comeback after the release of 2004's Musicology. It became the first Prince album ever to debut at number 1, with 183,436 sold in its first week. It knocked the soundtrack for High School Musical off the top spot, and became Prince's first number 1 album since 1989's Batman. Eventually it was certified Gold by the RIAA.

Track listingEdit

All tracks written by Prince, except where noted.

No.TitleLength
1."3121"4:31
2."Lolita"4:06
3."Te Amo Corazón"3:35
4."Black Sweat"3:12
5."Incense and Candles"4:04
6."Love"5:45
7."Satisfied"2:50
8."Fury"4:02
9."The Word"4:11
10."Beautiful, Loved and Blessed" (featuring Támar)5:43
11."The Dance"5:20
12."Get On the Boat"6:18

PersonnelEdit

  • Michael Bland (on "3121"), Cora Coleman Dunham (on "Te Amo Corazón", "Get On the Boat") – drums
  • Sonny T (on "3121"), Joshua Dunham (on "Te Amo Corazón", "Get On the Boat") – bass
  • Maceo Parker, Candy Dulfer, Greg Boyer and Ray – horn section
  • Herbert Urena, Ricky Salas (on "Te Amo Corazón"), Sheila E. (on "Get On the Boat") – percussion
  • Clare Fischer – string arrangements
  • The New Power Generation (shouts), Támar (and co-lead on "Beautiful, Loved and Blessed") – additional and backing vocals
  • Prince – all other instruments and voices

Technical

ChartsEdit

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[17] 18
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[18] 15
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[19] 3
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[20] 15
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[21] 2
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[22] 3
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[23] 24
French Albums (SNEP)[24] 8
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[25] 4
Italian Albums (FIMI)[26] 10
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[27] 5
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[28] 13
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[29] 40
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[30] 18
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[31] 1
UK Albums (OCC)[32] 9
US Billboard 200[33] 1

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[34] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[35] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

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  4. ^ Catucci, Nick (March 21, 2006). "The purple sex machine comes to reclaim pop prominence". Blender. Archived from the original on May 4, 2006. Retrieved July 15, 2018.
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  6. ^ Fiore, Raymond (March 20, 2006). "3121 (2006): Prince". Entertainment Weekly. Time. ISSN 1049-0434. Retrieved September 3, 2011.
  7. ^ Cromelin, Richard (March 19, 2006). "The doves can stop crying now". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. ISSN 0458-3035. OCLC 3638237. Retrieved September 3, 2011.
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  13. ^ Inskeep, Thomas (March 31, 2006). "Prince: 3121". Stylus. Retrieved September 3, 2011.
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  27. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Prince – 3121". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  28. ^ "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLiS - Official Retail Sales Chart". OLiS. Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved April 3, 2006.
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  34. ^ "British album certifications – Prince – 3121". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type 3121 in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  35. ^ "American album certifications – Prince – 3121". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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